Top 100 Most Famous People of 2012

Updated January 9, 2013
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2012 has been an undisappointing year in Pop Culture. We had an election, some epic films, half-decent new music, and a lot of new faces appearing on all kinds of new screens. We are excited to release our year-end compilation of the top 100 most famous people of the year 2012. The year-end list is the aggregate of all of the data collected throughout the year.

Barack Obama tops the list with the highest rankings in both news and web, and the fourth highest social rank, making him the overall most trending person of the year. Justin Bieber came in a close second, with the #1 social score, followed by Mitt Romney, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga.

The fastest rising star, 20-year-old actress Selena Gomez who ranked #19 for the year overall, has recently climbed to #10 in daily polls. Also rising quickly, singers Harry Styles, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Louis Tomlinson of the Boy Band One Direction, all made it into the top 100.

Mitt Romney’s popularity has been on a steady decline after the election, dropping from an overall position of #3 for the year, he’s now trending #37 in daily polls. Interestingly, while his name still appears frequently in the news (ranked #2 today), his social scores have fallen drastically (ranked #18 for the year, down to #73 today).

Be on the lookout for Jason Derulo and Jordan Sparks in 2013. Although they didn’t make the list for 2012, the power couple appears to be on a steady incline as we move into the new year. Also watch out for newcomer actress Jennifer Lawrence, who has ranked #62 in recent weeks.

OverallNewsSocialWebToday's Rank
Barack Obama
Barack Obama
#1#1#4#1#1
Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
#2#12#1#3#2
Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney
#3#2#18#2#79
Rihanna
Rihanna
#4#9#2#5#3
Lady Gaga
Lady Gaga
#5#15#3#4#4
Katy Perry
Katy Perry
#6#22#5#14#8
Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
#7#14#6#13#6
Britney Spears
Britney Spears
#8#21#7#12#20
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian
#9#17#10#20#12
Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez
#10#30#8#23#7
Eminem
Eminem
#11#74#14#8#10
Lil Wayne
Lil Wayne
#12#33#11#7#21
Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
#13#34#9#43#19
Shakira
Shakira
#14#76#13#39#11
Adele
Adele
#15#29#12#21#22
Chris Brown
Chris Brown
#16#10#21#10#23
Cristiano Ronaldo
Cristiano Ronaldo
#17#39#20#38#17
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
#18#32#17#15#14
Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez
#19#41#24#6#16
Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey
#20#25#15#62#66
Ashton Kutcher
Ashton Kutcher
#21#55#16#65#55
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj
#22#42#26#9#9
Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres
#23#44#19#58#53
Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles
#24#84#22#97#31
Snoop Dogg
Snoop Dogg
#25#68#23#42#39
Paris Hilton
Paris Hilton
#26#54#25#40#84
Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
#27#65#27#34#18
Will Smith
Will Smith
#28#7#34#47#27
Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
#29#48#32#28#37
Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne
#30#96#28#50#28
David Guetta
David Guetta
#31#82#30#51#32
Pink
Pink
#32#43#43#11#24
LeBron James
LeBron James
#33#24#29#44#38
Kanye West
Kanye West
#34#26#39#19#35
Usher
Usher
#35#37#40#26#26
Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen
#36#40#33#55#168
Adam Sandler
Adam Sandler
#37#63#31#78#74
Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
#38#19#54#24#56
Vin Diesel
Vin Diesel
#39#99#38#91#13
Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay Lohan
#40#20#50#30#43
Jim Carrey
Jim Carrey
#41#86#35#89#165
Ryan Seacrest
Ryan Seacrest
#42#49#36#90#109
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
#43#35#47#37#50
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks
#44#31#41#70#184
Jay-Z
Jay-Z
#45#16#56#22#62
Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato
#46#58#59#16#44
Sean Combs
Sean Combs
#47#95#37#100#237
Snooki
Snooki
#48#52#42#79#64
Jackie Chan
Jackie Chan
#49#94#45#74#40
Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey
#50#57#53#35#25
Bill Clinton
Bill Clinton
#51#3#98#29#86
Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris
#52#81#44#80#236
David Beckham
David Beckham
#53#27#49#67#29
Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell
#54#28#46#69#129
Harry Styles
Harry Styles
#55#36#63#36#52
Wiz Khalifa
Wiz Khalifa
#56#79#52#56#45
50 Cent
50 Cent
#57#64#69#25#51
Madonna
Madonna
#58#18#91#18#33
Jon Bon Jovi
Jon Bon Jovi
#59#60#51#66#93
Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne
#60#80#48#76#187
Jessica Simpson
Jessica Simpson
#61#45#55#49#80
Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke
#62#6#92#72#360
Khloe Kardashian
Khloe Kardashian
#63#73#62#45#46
Kobe Bryant
Kobe Bryant
#64#23#85#48#65
Michael Jordan
Michael Jordan
#65#59#64#63#88
Bill Gates
Bill Gates
#66#70#58#85#95
John Boehner
John Boehner
#67#5#100#41#279
Kourtney Kardashian
Kourtney Kardashian
#68#89#68#52#89
Tiger Woods
Tiger Woods
#69#8#88#64#48
Leonardo DiCaprio
Leonardo DiCaprio
#70#50#57#75#59
Jason Mraz
Jason Mraz
#71#93#71#53#110
Anderson Cooper
Anderson Cooper
#72#51#67#59#219
Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
#73#4#99#54#117
Jessie J
Jessie J
#74#92#65#94#68
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson
#75#67#94#17#63
Demi Moore
Demi Moore
#76#69#93#31#149
Serena Williams
Serena Williams
#77#13#86#86#192
Ludacris
Ludacris
#78#85#77#57#98
Donald Trump
Donald Trump
#79#38#72#73#234
Stephen Colbert
Stephen Colbert
#80#61#60#96#259
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
#81#11#97#32#54
Tyler Perry
Tyler Perry
#82#62#66#92#118
Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
#83#47#82#61#83
Ricky Martin
Ricky Martin
#84#88#75#84#123
Liam Payne
Liam Payne
#85#72#76#88#145
Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Deschanel
#86#66#70#82#186
Niall Horan
Niall Horan
#87#71#80#81#105
Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks
#88#90#79#77#157
Sarah Silverman
Sarah Silverman
#89#83#61#98#340
Louis Tomlinson
Louis Tomlinson
#90#75#81#83#99
Russell Brand
Russell Brand
#91#78#90#46#159
Ashley Tisdale
Ashley Tisdale
#92#100#84#68#71
Michelle Obama
Michelle Obama
#93#56#89#60#97
Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart
#94#98#78#99#85
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne
#95#91#74#87#173
Ben Stiller
Ben Stiller
#96#77#73#95#308
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
#97#46#87#71#90
Pauly D
Pauly D
#98#97#83#93#264
Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba
#99#87#95#33#75
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
#100#53#96#27#162

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